GUNS N' ROSES kicked off its "Not In This Lifetime" tour Thursday night (June 23) at Detroit, Michigan's Ford Field. 41,000 fans packed the stadium to watch the band play a two-hour-and-35-minute show that started just before 9:45 p.m.
Singer Axl Rose reportedly sported six different T-shirts, a leather jacket, five hats and a couple of bandanas during the night, which saw him leaning on guitarist Slash's shoulder during Bob Dylan's "Knockin' On Heaven's Door".
For the Detroit gig, Rose was no longer confined to the chair he had been seated on ever since breaking his foot during a surprise GUNS club show in April 1 in Los Angeles.
The tour features three members of the classic GN'R lineup — Rose, bassist Duff McKagan and Slash — backed by drummer Frank Ferrer, guitarist Richard Fortus, keyboardist Dizzy Reed and new second keyboardist Melissa Reese.
The band's setlist was as follows:
01. It's So Easy
02. Mr. Brownstone
03. Chinese Democracy
04. Welcome To The Jungle
05. Double Talkin' Jive
07. Live And Let Die
08. Rocket Queen
09. You Could Be Mine
10. Raw Power (Iggy and THE STOOGES cover)
11. This I Love
12. Civil War
14. Speak Softly Love (love theme from "The Godfather")
15. Sweet Child O' Mine
17. Out Ta Get Me
18. Wish You Were Here
19. November Rain
20. Knockin' On Heaven's Door (BOB DYLAN cover)
22. Don't Cry
23. The Seeker (THE WHO cover)
24. Paradise City
Check out fan-filmed video footage and photos below.
Footage was released on June 18 of former GUNS drummer Steven Adler practicing "Paradise City", leading to speculation that he would at least make a guest appearance on the band's reunion tour.
According to some reports, Adler was actually going to perform with GUNS N' ROSES on April 1, but was unable to play due to a back injury.
GUNS N' ROSES played its first show since reuniting at Hollywood's Troubadour nightclub, where the band began its career more than 30 years ago. The group also played two shows at the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas before doing two stints at Coachella and two Mexico City gigs.
Rose just finished a stint as lead vocalist for AC/DC on that band's European festival run, and is slated to play at least ten North American shows with that group right after GUNS complete their stadium run.